Houston streets, freeways flood

HOUSTON - Some Houston streets and freeways flooded Friday after rain pounded the area for the seventh straight day.

The outbound lanes of Allen Parkway near Taft, just west of downtown, were impassible at 11 a.m. High water was also reported near the intersections of Fannin and Holman, Tuam near Fannin and Caroline near Anita. Most of the high water had receded by the afternoon.

Houston TranStar said several freeways had high-water issues on their main lanes at lunchtime, including Interstate 10 East westbound at Lockwood Drive, Interstate 45 northbound at Patton Street and Interstate 45 northbound at Quitman Street.

Harris County Precinct 6 said it received reports of flooding at Harrisburg and Lockwood, Sampson and Navigation and Polk at Dolly at 11 a.m.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker asked those who did not have to be on the roads to stay inside. Parker said that after a week of rain in the area, problems were expected.

"The bayous are at capacity, the drainage ditches are at capacity," Parker said. "We just need to adapt to the situation."

Parker reminded drivers to be cautious.

"One of the most dangerous things is to drive into an underpass that is flooded," she said. "There's a reason we have flood gauges. It looks like a ruler on the side of the underpass. If it's at anything above about 6 inches, don't enter that underpass. We do not want to lose anybody in this rain."

She said that if a driver isn't sure of how high the water is, they should not drive into the water and should pull over.

"Normally in Houston, if you're willing to wait half an hour to an hour, the water comes up, the water goes down fairly quickly," Parker said. "Because we've had so many steady days of rain, some areas of town are going to be dealing with high water for some time."

Parker said police officers are out blocking flooded intersections.

"As much as I hate to say this, this is not an unusual situation for us," she said. "We're going to continue to be alert."

Northwest Harris County roads flood

The following streets in northwest Harris County were closed as of 4 p.m. Friday:

  • Huffsmith-Kohrville Road north of Boudreaux Road

  • Cypresswood Drive near Jones Road

  • Cypresswood Drive west of Champions Drive

  • Holderreith at state Highway 249

  • South Cherry at state Highway 249

  • Telge at Spring Cypress

  • Jones Road south of Louetta

  • 28700 block of Huffsmith-Cleveland Road

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